1.The State Apprenticeship Council is an "agency" within the meaning of chapter 34.04 RCW and chapter 34.05 RCW, the old and new Administrative Procedures Acts.2.The State Apprenticeship Council is required to promulgate its standards for approving apprenticeship agreements as rules under the Administrative Procedures Act.3.Disapproval by the State Apprenticeship Council of an apprenticeship agreement would not ordinarily give rise to a "contested case" or "adjudicative proceeding" under the Administrative Procedures Act, but might do so in some cases depending on the facts.
1. The State Apprenticeship Council has broad authority to approve apprenticeship agreements that are in the best interest of the apprentice and conform to statutory standards. The Council may disapprove apprenticeship agreements that are not in the best interest of the apprentice and do not conform to statutory standards. However, if the Council disapproves an apprenticeship agreement, it should articulate the grounds for disapproval. 2. There are a number of factors to be considered in determining whether federal regulatory standards regarding apprenticeship agreements preempt state standards.